Thursday, January 7, 2010

Ringing in 2010 with our NeXt PRIZE Blog

The new year (not to mention a new decade) brings changes to many things…including the NeXt PRIZE Blog! Beginning next week, you will see weekly blog updates…and maybe, a blog or two in between :)

So what’s to expect from the forthcoming blogs? Well, we thought it would be fun to share the “behind-the-scenes” stuff, in addition to some of the things that interest us here at X PRIZE. Each week, a different department will share their thoughts….this can range from events and activities in their department, a newsworthy item, or even a profile piece on one of the members of their team.
Our goal is to have each department give a little insight so that you can have a better understanding of the X PRIZE world.

To jumpstart this new venture, we thought a little overview of the Foundation’s operations might help. Here goes!

The Foundation is located in Los Angeles – more specifically Playa Vista, which is nestled between LAX and Marina del Rey (a coastal community filled with yachts, bike trails and dinner cruises). Being about two minutes from the beach, we are pretty lucky to see some amazing sunsets just about any night of the week. Last night’s was exceptionally beautiful.

There are approximately 50 people who work at our headquarters, not to mention our consultants (and other employees) who are spread across the country in cities like New York, Chicago, Detroit, Boston and D.C. (maybe 10 or so). The Foundation is divided into eight departments. Below is a little breakdown that gives a little info on our departments, their roles and how they all fit into the bigger X PRIZE picture.

Recognize these names? Arianna Huffington, Dean Kamen, Will Wright, Ray Kurzweil, Larry Page, Sergey Brin, Eric Schmidt….these are a few of our XPF supporters and what a fantastic group they are! Our Alliances department is responsible for connecting the X PRIZE with individuals and other Foundations so that we (being a non-profit) can be funded. They work hard to secure
donors and align X PRIZE with the right people. This department is constantly on the road!

Archon X PRIZE for Genomics
Launched in October 2006, the goal of the
$10 Million Archon X PRIZE for Genomics is to develop radically new technology that will dramatically reduce the time and cost of sequencing genomes, and accelerate a new era of predictive and personalized medicine. This prize technically falls under our Life Sciences Prize Group, which manages this prize.

The public face of X PRIZE. We’re the ones who get the Foundation in the
news, send out the press releases and handle all other media relations. We are also responsible for internal communications (like our monthly newsletter) and fun activities like social media (thank YOU for giving us an audience).

Creative Services
Our most visual department! Creative services are the great people who are in charge of video production (have you visited our
YouTube site?), events and web. Put simply - our team rocks.

Marketing & Sponsorship
This is another department that is always on the go! This team works hard to generate corporate sponsorships – both for the Foundation overall and individual prizes and departments. In the marketing sector, they are responsible for items like branding, collateral and Foundation messaging.

Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE
The goal of the
PIAXP is to inspire a new generation of viable, super-efficient vehicles that help break our addiction to oil and stem the effects of climate change. Be ready to read and hear a lot about this prize this year…we will crown a winner in 2010!

Prize Development
This department is one of a kind. These guys are tasked with the awesome job of developing and shaping
future X PRIZEs. Their work is extremely crucial and they are constantly flushing out new ideas, new designs, new structures, etc. Our office is right next door and it can be safely said that this department is definitely a fun and exciting place to be.

Space Prizes
Because of the wild success of the
Ansari X PRIZE, people most associate the X PRIZE with Space. So this is a very popular department – and rightfully, so! Under the Space umbrella, there is the operation of the $30 Million Google Lunar X PRIZE, as well as the management of the Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander X PRIZE Challenge. Not to mention, their awesome online community!

So there you have it! Hopefully, this provided a good overview of the Foundation. Stay tuned for next’s week’s blog…coming from…(drum roll please)…Alliances!

In the meantime, keep up with us on
Facebook and Twitter – let’s continue to spread the word about X PRIZE!

Until next post!

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